Undefeated Central faces tough test in boys soccer this week

Central's Benjamin Truban kicks the ball down the field as Stonewall's Carlos Romero-Hernandez trails him in a game earlier this season. The Falcons host Bull Run District rival George Mason on Tuesday. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central will put its perfect record on the line Tuesday night, when the Falcons host Group 2A boys soccer powerhouse George Mason at 7 p.m.

The Falcons are 5-0, while the Mustangs are 4-0. The teams have had some close contests the last few years, with Central losing, 2-1, in one of last year’s meetings.

“We’ll need a little luck, I’m sure,” Central coach Ted Poor said. “Mason’s just so hard to play. They’re so good. They’re so deep at every position. I think that on our field as long as it doesn’t rain we’re gonna give them a game. But if it’s a wet field for some reason their speed even seems to accelerate.”

Central has only allowed three goals in its five wins.

“My defense is just doing a wonderful job shutting these guys down,” Poor said. “I mean we’ve had so few shots on our goalie this year. It’s just amazing how quick we are in the back. I’ve got two great holding mids who are doing a wonderful job setting the forwards up and wings up so, so far so good. But it’s gonna be a war but hey, two undefeated teams, it’ll be kind of fun.”

The week starts off with a big clash between Skyline and Central in softball at Central at 6 p.m.  Monday.The two teams met at Skyline on March 21 with the Falcons pulling out a 3-1 victory.

“To beat (Central) you can’t make any mistakes,” Skyline coach John Ritter said. “You got to be flawless. And if you do make a mistake it’s got to be a small mistake. (Central’s Bekah) Ansbro, she’s a great pitcher. You got to get to the point where you force her to throw the pitch you need to hit, and she don’t make that mistake too many times. That’s what’s impressive about her. We’ll gear up and go up there and see what happens. I’m sure it will be a good game, and I’m looking forward to it because I like the competition.”

Skyline will also be playing at Central in baseball, and boys tennis, with Skyline hosting Central in girls tennis.

Also on Tuesday, Strasburg will be hosting William Monroe in baseball at 7 p.m. The Rams are 6-2, and have won six straight games. The Dragons, who have been one of the top teams in the Bull Run District for a few years now, are 6-0 on the season.

Another big showdown on Tuesday pits Handley at Sherando in girls tennis. Handley has won the Northwestern District all but one year since 1995. The Warriors have been a real threat to the Judges over the last few years. Sherando will be hosting Tuesday’s match at 4:30 p.m.

Warren County will be playing Central in boys and girls tennis on Wednesday. The boys match is as at Warren County, while the girls match is at Central. Both start times are 4:30 p.m. Also, Strasburg and William Monroe will be participating in a track meet at Warren County on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Skyline will be traveling to Sherando for a dual track meet at 5 p.m.

Central is hosting Warren County in girls soccer on Thursday, while Warren County hosts the boys soccer game. Both games start at 7 p.m.

Sherando will be playing at Skyline in baseball on Thursday at 7 p.m. in a Northwestern District match-up. Skyline will travel to Sherando in softball for a 6 p.m. game. The two teams have been at or near the top of the district for several years now.

Central is hosting Warren County in baseball and  softball on Friday. Both start at 7 p.m.

Strasburg, Warren County and Sherando will be participating in a track and field meet at Woodgrove on Friday, starting at 3 p.m.

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com